Fraserburgh Mission and the Shipwrecked Mariners Society have given a local woman the gift of mobility.
Mrs Marlyn Wilson, who suffers from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord, received a Mobility Scooter just before Christmas and described the gift “as the best Christmas present ever.”
Malcolm Williams, Chief executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, visited Mr and Mrs Wilson with Port Missioner Murray Campbell and Mission Welfare Officer, Christine Simpson during Mr Williams tour of the north-east which saw him visit the group’s vast network of volunteers and recipients.
The Shipwrecked Mariners Society has been helping fishing communities since 1839 and for over 170 years their aim has been the same, to relieve distress among the seafaring and ex-seafaring community. Commenting on this latest gift during his visit, Mr Willaims said: “We were delighted to help Mrs Wilson. We realise how important it is for people to get out and about and to maintain their mobility.”
Port Missioner Murray Campbell explained that Mr Wilson, who had been at sea during the 1960’s and 1970’s had contacted the Broch Mission for assistance due to his wife’s condition.
After making an assessment the Mission contacted the Shipwrecked Mariners Society. Funding was forthcoming and the scooter was delivered to Mrs Wilson just before Christmas.
He said: “We were extremely pleased to be able to assist Mr and Mrs Wilson and delighted that the Mobility Scooter will have such a positive impact on the entire family.”
Demonstrating the new scooter, Mrs Wilson told the Herald: “It is the best Christmas present I have ever had.”
Mr Wilson added: “We really appreciate the assistance it has made such a difference to all our lives. Words can not express the gratitude we feel.”